The Herald gets its wrong on Finlayson

It is not just cub reporters that make factual errors. Todays Herald Editorial has a shocker, and someone should have their feet held against a naked flame for having a go at Chris Finlayson. Either that or they should publish an apology.

The main value of leaving list selections completely to party insiders is that they may entice some people into Parliament who were not willing to face personal electorate contests. Attorney General Chris Finlayson springs to mind, as does Margaret Wilson in the previous government. Labour’s latest list shows no new name of that sort.

Chris is a good party man and has been for many years, probably exceeding 40 as he was a young nat in the seventies. Being such a good party man he took one for the team in both 2005 and 2008.

In 2005 he ran in Mana when it was still a safe Labour seat, and one of his fellow candidates had to jump in to stop some moron from the Labour side of the spectrum from hitting Chris. This would have been most distressing for a man who is a gentleman and is hard to image ever raising his fist in anger.

Chris then took another one for the team in 2008, when he ceded the Mana seat to the very electable Hekia Parata. Rather than dodging the campaign he moved to Rongatai, another unwinnable seat, where he ran against Annette King. At least in Rongatai no one tried to thump him.

Chris has shown his willingness to face another personal electorate contest in 2011, running again in Rongatai. His politics may not be this blogs politics, but that doesn’t mean this country’s biggest papers should be allowed a free hit on Chris when they are wrong.

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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story.  And when he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet.   Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet, and as a result he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist that takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him.  But you can’t ignore him.